Small dogs act just like big dogs
Of course! Small dogs act just like big dogs so why not train them like you would a big dog. Training is helpful for safety reasons as well as it being way more fun having a well behaved dog. Small dogs excel in the training and I’d like to see all small dog owners invest in educating their furry friends who are way more intelligent than we sometimes give them credit for.
Small dogs typically get away with more naughty behaviors because they are smaller and things like pulling on the leash are not as big of a problem with a small dog verses a big dog who could pull you down. Either way, if it was one of our dogs, no matter the size, we would teach the dog not to pull on the leash and to walk nicely. When your dog walks nicely then it is simply more pleasant to walk your dog and your more likely to do it more frequently. Also, when your dog walks nicely then you want to take your dog out to more places and I love to take my dogs everywhere, knowing they will be well behaved.
Other things that are good to teach small dogs are when it’s ok to bark and when it’s not. Nuisance barking on walks or in the house can be unpleasant and embarrassing. Again, it’s fun to take your dog everywhere and we guarantee you’ll have more fun if your dog knows when it’s appropriate to bark and when it’s not.
Not jumping and recall are two other issues that we would definitely teach any dog of ours. There are times when you dress nicely for work or going out and you don’t want your furry friend jumping all over you. Also, some guests will not like getting jumped on. Whenever you are expecting a guest, be prepared as this is a good “training opportunity” for you to teach your dog not to jump. You can do this my teaching your dog a “Place” command. For example, when company comes over, then send them to “place” on their dog bed. Any of our trainers can help you with this command if you are struggling with it.
Finally, all dogs should have a strong “come” command. Sometimes small dogs like to sneak out of the doorway if you aren’t careful going in or out of the house. If your small dog gets out then they are at risk of getting hit by a car and it can take a long time to “catch” your little dog which can be no fun. It’s also no fun to play “catch” the small dog in the house if you are in a hurry or if you want to walk your dog. A strong recall command is a must for all dogs. It’s important to PROOF all of your commands so your dogs listen indoors and outdoors no matter what the distraction is.
Contact us today to schedule your FREE demo today so you can see for yourself how much potential your small dog has for learning. We love our small dogs dearly but we don’t like them to run our lives for us. It’s much better to have a well mannered pup that you are proud to take everywhere.